Ouch! I have found this to be an exceptionally subtle, insidious heart issue. As I look back over my life, I would not consider myself a bitter person. But when I examine my life under the microscope of God's Word, I stand convicted. I have been shocked to find out that in a few very close relationships I think that dreaded word (bitterness) has slithered in. How this has happened is a study on how a good thought and worthy expectations morph into self-focused presumptions. In the light of God's Word, over time, I have been subtly caught thinking more about how a particular issue affects me more than the other person, and certainly more than how Christ would have me respond. Lord, help me starve this insidious, subtle root of bitterness and humbly love the way You would have me love. Help me replace this poisonous self-focus with a pure heart of thankfulness and joy of what You do through me.
I love You God. I trust You God. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Thank You God.